9-10-11-12 AUGUST 2018 │ SAINT-LÉONARD AND LITTLE-ITALY
It was founded by some enthusiastic youngsters in Figline Valdarno in 1965. Since 1973, after a brief period in the Calcio Storico Fiorentino (medieval football match), the group has affirmed its independence and reinforced its identity and prestige. Renowned politicians have been its honorary presidents, such as Hon. Spadolini and Hon. Pontello. The group has performed with great success throughout Italy and abroad, bringing the Tuscan tradition all over the world. There are numerous members including: flag-wavers, drummers, trumpeters and captains. Our group keeps alive the old military flag-waiving tradition using wooden staffs crafted and plumbed by hand and the flag fabric is rigorously hand embroidered.
The performances of the “Sbandieratori dei Borghi e Sestieri Fiorentini” evoke certain aspects of military life during the Middle Ages and the Humanist period, showing the charm of an ancient discipline. Harmony, Force, Commitment, Rigour are the values of this sporting art which are renewed every day as the group trains and performs with energy and enthusiasm.
The group is available to perform at traditional festivals, public exhibitions (parades, historical processions, sporting and institutional events) as well as private shows (weddings, banquets, conventions, conferences, parties) in Italy and abroad. The number of members can vary according to requirements. Since its foundation, the group has taken part in celebrations of national and international importance all over the world.
Our roots represent our first value: between Florence and Valdarno area it’s where Florentine and Tuscan folklore and History are kept up with pride. Here tradition and contemporary combine beautifully bringing back to life the fascination of time gone by through spectacular performances. Art expresses itself through original choreographies: captains protect their banners/standards while flag flyers, drums and trumpets move on the field, to the rhythms of Tuscan tradition.